TEHRAN, Iran – Iran's newly elected president says his election was a vote for change and vows to remain committed to his campaign promises of moderation and constructive interaction with the outside world.
Hasan Rouhani says moderation in foreign policy does not mean surrender or conflict but rather effective and constructive contact with the world. He made the comments in an address to a conference in Tehran Saturday. His remarks were broadcast live on state TV.
Rouhani has already promised greater openness over Iran's nuclear program but at the same time has sided with the hard-line Islamic establishment that refuses to stop enriching uranium.
He believes it's possible to strike a deal that would allow the Islamic Republic to keep enriching uranium while assuring the West it will not produce a nuclear weapon.